David Moyes saluted match-saver Patrick van Aanholt after the supersub rescued a point for Sunderland against West Brom.
The Dutchman started and finished the move which brought the Black Cats level in the 83rd minute after Nacer Chadli had fired the Baggies ahead 10 minutes before the break.
Moyes dropped van Aanholt to the bench as he made five changes for the crucial home game against the Baggies.
But PVA was the man Moyes turned to when Jan Kirchhoff was stretchered off 11 minutes into the second half and the 26-year-old did not let his gaffer down with his second goal of the season, finishing with aplomb after converting Duncan Watmore's cross off the outside of his right boot .
"We needed to find a goal," said Moyes. "At the time we had no forward, attacking players we could make changes to how we could play.
"The only thing we could do was to change the system and try to find another way.
"The one thing Pat can do is get goals, he's got a couple already after scoring against Middlesbrough as well.
"If you said at the end of the season that a left-back gets you two, three, four goals that's a good return.
"I'm pleased with the goal, it was good play by Duncan Watmore to create the chance."
The point was good enough to lift Sunderland off the bottom, Stoke dropping down to basement spot on goal difference.
The home side produced a tremendous effort against a side notorious for their resilince in defence,
Chadli had finished well to give West Brom a 35th-minute lead after Matt Phillips had put the Belgian in.
"I have to praise the players for their endeavour, to keep going, to knock on the door and to try to find a way to score," said the Cats boss.
"I told them well done, I thought our energy in the first half was terrific, I felt we didn't deserve to be a goal down.
"It was an uphill task after that and West Brom are the masters at not conceding and being hard to beat.
"At 1-0 it was a difficult job but I have to say the quality to keep going was terrific, we kept at, I'm glad we gave the supporters something."